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Armored Saint - 1984 March Of The Saint



ARTIST: Armored Saint
ALBUM: March Of The Saint
LABEL: Chrysalis
SERIAL: 4411-41476-1
YEAR: 1984
CD REISSUE: 2006, Rock Candy Records (UK), CANDY016

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:
LINEUP: John Bush - vocals * Dave Pritchard - guitars * Phil E Sandoval - guitars * Joey Vera - bass * Gonzo - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 March Of The Saint * 02 Can U Deliver * 03 Mad House * 04 Take A Turn * 05 Seducer * 06 Mutiny On The World * 07 Glory Hunter * 08 Stricken By Fate * 09 Envy * 10 False Alarm

WEBLINKS: www.armoredsaint.com


Background
Here's one L.A band that should've been huge, but for some reason, they missed their boarding call on the voyage to success. Their place was taken up at the departure lounge by the likes of Motley Crue who as it turns out, went onto bigger and better things without a modicum of talent that others of the same era had. Coming from that infamous era in Los Angeles music called the 'NWLAHM', we saw bands churned out by the thousands, some very good, others mostly crap. Of the good, we saw Dokken, Ratt, Malice and Quiet Riot. Of the not so good, we saw the likes of Cirith Ungol, Wizard (I liked these guys.. many others didn't) and arguably the Crue, who if I'm pushed to describe, as the most overrated and over-hyped band of the eighties. We can fortunately add Armored Saint into the 'good' category. 'March Of The Saint' was their full album offering, following on from their acclaimed EP 'Lesson Well Learned' at the start of the 1984 year. Despite the band originating from L.A, their sound was a complete mirror image of the British pairing of Judas Priest and Iron Maiden. The galloping twin-guitar attack, and medieval 'swords and sorcery' approach admirable for its time, but as we look back twenty years later, the image was pretty silly to be honest. The front cover displayed knights in shining armour, while the reverse cover had the band members resplendent in leather and chains on top of motorcycles - in true Mad Max style. The music however, retains much of the power and intensity left as an imprint from 1984. I slap the LP on, and remember this album with the same initial enthusiasm I had back then. I cannot say the same about all albums from that era, but this one definitely hangs about.


The Songs
The title track 'March Of The Saint' kicks off in true Iron Maiden fashion. Rampant as would an invading army of soldiers into enemy territory. Second up is the excellent 'Can U Deliver', the video of which appears on the very first Kerrang video compilation. This is mainly American metal, with an emphasis on melodic elements. 'Mad House' follows, taking up a Priest like perspective on precedings. When the band slow things down to power-ballad mode, they sound great. 'Take A Turn' is one such track. An acoustic intro that works its way up to a tempered metal crescendo. 'Seducer' ends side one as a slab of commercial metal, meeting at the crossroads of power and melody. Side two is a continuation of their brand of galloping HM. 'Mutiny On The World' and 'Glory Hunter' take up the challenge to the invading British Metal hordes that American metal is not to be underestimated. 'Stricken By Fate' is less of an all-out assault this time around. The track is mid-tempo and works its way around some aggressive riffs without the metronome going into overtime. 'Envy' could very well be 'Can U Deliver' Part II, while the last track 'False Alarm' is fast and furious, again Iron Maiden is a reference point. This is the only track which had appeared previously on the 'Lesson Well Learned' EP, so they did well to include it at the end of the album, so as to focus on new material first. The bass work of Joey Vera on this one reminding us so much of Steve Harris' full-on relentless style.


In Summary
The album was received favourably everywhere, but as it turned out, did not break the band in the areas where it counted most - the bank balance. Armored Saint released the excellent but totally ignored 'Delirious Nomad' album the following year, and hung about as best they could, under difficult circumstances. The band broke up and reformed later in the nineties, but the initial spark was gone. John Bush went on to join Anthrax, while guitarist Dave Pritchard died of cancer in the early nineties. A good band, and it's great that they continue to write and record new music into the 21st century, and as a reward, Rock Candy Records released this in 2006 with all the trimmings as a reissue.


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#1 | Jokerdean on January 10 2008 18:45:48
A true Metal Classic..IMO. I Love this release and all their other
releases. Fave Tracks are..well the whole thing..LOL! Still gets
tons of airplay from me...Thumbs Up
#2 | rkbluez on August 25 2008 22:13:59
Love this album...and all of the Armored Saint disc's...but this is the one that started them off so it holds a special place to me as far as metal goes...as Jokerdean says a true pure metal classic of the highest order...Mutiny On The World is a killer track my favorite on this disc.
 
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